Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Monday cited legal hurdles as the reason for non-implementation of promises that the State Government with the Telangana employees to end the 42-day long Sakala Janula Samme or the general strike.
Speaking on the issue in the State Legislative Assembly, the Chief Minister said that the State Government was unable to pay salaries to the employees for the strike period due to the ‘No Work No Pay’ rule as per the GO 177 it had issued much before the strike began. He said that the Andhra Pradesh High Court has prevented the State Government from giving relaxation to the Telangana employees from the order.
However, he assured that the State Government would approach the court in the next two to three days to find a solution to the problem.
Earlier, moving an adjournment motion on the issue, BJP MLAs E Lakshmi Narayana and G Kishan Reddy demanded discussion on non-implementation of promises made with the Telangana employees. By holding placards, the BJP MLAs shouted slogans in the House while stalling the proceedings. Following uproar, Speaker Nadendla Manohar adjourned the House for half-an-hour.
However, the BJP MLAs continued their protest when the House re-assembled. This time, the TDP members too joined the issue and demanded discussion on the subject. On Speaker’s instructions, the Chief Minister made a statement expressing inability of the State Government to pay salaries to the Telangana employees for the strike period. After the Chief Minister’s statement, the TDP and BJP members too wanted to speak on the issue. However, the Speaker did not permit them and amidst din, again adjourned the House for 15 minutes.
Order could not be restored when the House met again at around 11.20 am. Following uproar by the TDP and BJP members, the Speaker adjourned the House for the day. (INN)